Mark Canton

Executive, Producer
Youthful studio executive who worked his way up from the proverbially mail room to executive production positions at Warner Bros. in the 1980s where he played a central role in the greenlighting of such socially and ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (29)

Power 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Henry Joseph Cook 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Outcast 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Witch Hunter 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

300: Rise of an Empire 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cake 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rites of Passage 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pyramid 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Escape Plan 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Freelancers 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Piranha 3DD 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Immortals 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Letters to Juliet 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Piranha 3-D 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Perfect Getaway 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fame 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

300 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Full of It 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godsend 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angel Eyes 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack & Jill 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Get Carter 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Hello, He Lied 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Youthful studio executive who worked his way up from the proverbially mail room to executive production positions at Warner Bros. in the 1980s where he played a central role in the greenlighting of such socially and racially relevant films as "New Jack City" (1991) and Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992). Noted for his ability to make rapid decisions and his creative relationships with such Hollywood talent as Barbra Streisand, Richard Donner, Tim Burton and James Brooks, Canton left his position as executive vice president of worldwide motion picture production at Warner Bros. in 1991 to join his former colleague, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Peter Guber, as president of Columbia Pictures with an agenda to accelerate the number of projects. After nearly five years at the helm, Canton resigned from Columbia in September 1996.

Relationships

Aimee Peyronnet

Companion

Arthur Canton

Father
worked as publicity aide to filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and Sam Spiegel his Canton-Weiner Films made the 1949 Oscar winning short "Van Gogh" later worked as publicity executive with MGM, Blowitz, Thomas & Canton Inc (1964-), Warners, Columbia

Shirley Canton

Mother
died May 1996

Dorothy Canton

Daughter
born c. 1989

Henry Canton

Son
born c. July 1991

Neil Canton

Brother
older produced "Back to the Future" films

Wendy Finerman Producer

Wife
Finerman filed for divorce summer 1997

Wendy Finerman

Wife
heads her own production company had a production deal with Columbia Pictures but with her husband's appointment to presidency of studio, moved to Tri-Star graduated from Wharton School hired as financial analyst for Warner's Movie Channel at age 21 later worked at Steve Tisch's production company received the National Board of Review Best Picture Award for "Forrest Gump" (1994), shared award with "Pulp Fiction" (1994) also received the Golden Globe award for Best Dramatic Picture for "Gum

EDUCATION

P S 169

Bayside , New York

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2002

Joined Artists Production Group (APG) as a partner; also served as chair and CEO

1997

Signed exclusive three-year production deal with Warner Bros.

1997

Formed The Canton Co., an independent production company

1996

Resigned as chairman of Columbia Pictures (September 13)

1991

Appointed chairman of Columbia Pictures replacing Frank Price (October 4)

1991

Warner Bros. announced Canton would leave the company by mutual agreement (September)

1989

Appointed vice president, worldwide motion picture production, Warner Bros.

1985

Promoted to president, worldwide theatrical production

1983

Appointed senior vice president of production, Warner Bros.

1980

Joined Warner Bros. as vice president of production

1979

Became executive vice president, Jon Peters Organization

1978

Joined MGM as vice president, motion picture development

1973

Became assistant to director-producer Franklin Schaffner on "Papillon"

Served as one of the producers of "Jack & Jill" (The WB)

Worked in Warner Bros. mail room while a student at UCLA

Grew up in Bayside in Queens, New York; family also owned apartment in Manhattan and beach house in Westhampton, Long Island

Began professional career as assistant to Mike Medavoy when he was president of production at UA (earning $117.80 per week)

Named executive vice president, worldwide motion picture production, Warner Bros.

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